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Tapiray no. 81 - Çorluspor (Turkey)

2008/09 squad

Çorluspor Sports Club are a small team from the town of Çorlu in north-western Turkey near the border with Greece and Bulgaria. The town is a rapidly growing industrial area but the football team, who were founded in 1947, are currently playing in the Turkish amateur leagues - which is where they've spent much of their history.

They only entered the professional ranks in the mid-80's when the TFF 3.Lig (the fourth tier of Turkish football) was introduced, and in 2007 their approximately 20-year spell in the professional leagues came to an end.

Links: none

Suggested by: Martin De Cecco.

Tapiray no. 82 - Giulianova Calcio (Italy)

2008/09 squad in away and home kit

Giulianova Calcio are a lower league Italian side from the picturesque coastal town of Giulianova in central Italy. Founded in 1924 it took them almost 50 years to climb to the professional ranks of Italian football, but apart from one season in the early 90's they've managed to maintain their league status ever since. They tend to yo-yo between Serie C1 and C2 (recently renamed Lega Pro Prima and Seconda Divisione, which are the third and fourth tiers of Italian football), and they've been promoted once as champions and twice as play-off winners - the most recent just last season after they finished third in the league.

They play in the 5,600 capacity Stadio Rubens Fadini, which was named in memory of the 'Grande Torino' team who were killed in the Superga air disaster in 1949 (read more). The emotional impact of the crash was keenly felt in Italy and the Giuliese leadership decided that it was necessary to remember this tragedy by naming their stadium after one of the players who died (they simply picked a player at random).

Links: Official site (Italian)

Suggested by: Martin De Cecco & Steve Gabb (Cardiff City fan).

Tapiray no. 83 - Nagoya Grampus (Japan)

2009 home top

Nagoya Grampus are a Japanese top flight (J.League) club based in the city of Nagoya. They were founded in 1939 as part of Toyota Motor's football division, and played in the amateur Japan Soccer League under the Toyota name, but when the professional J.League was launched in 1993, the team was renamed Nagoya Grampus Eight. Just last year they dropped the Eight from their official name, but are still sponsored by Toyota to this day. They share their home games between the ageing Mizuho Athletic Stadium (capacity 27,000) in Nagoya, and the modern and larger Toyota Stadium (capacity 45,000) in near-by Toyota City.

Their most successful period was in the mid-to-late 1990's when they were managed by current Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger. During this spell they were runners-up in the league (their highest ever finish) and won the domestic cup competition, the Emperor's Cup. They are now managed by former player Dragan Stojkovic, who was also a legend for Red Star Belgrade and Yugoslavia, and last season he led them to a third place finish in the J.League and qualification to the AFC Champions League for the first time. Incidentally, they list their colours as Barbarian Red, Noble Red and Star Orange, but I'm sure you'll agree the 'noble red' looks more yellow than red!

Links: Official site

Suggested by: Michael McLaren, Stephen Logan, Adam Lockyer & Martin De Cecco.

Tapiray no. 84 - Club Sport Herediano (Costa Rica)

2009 home top

Club Sport Herediano are from the city of Heredia in Costa Rica. They play in Premiara Division and are one of the oldest teams in Costa Rica having been founded in 1921, the year that the national federation was founded. They went on to win the inaugural championship, and have since been crowned champions 21 times. Up until just a few years ago they were the only club in Costa Rica to have won the title in every decade since the league started, but they last won it back in 1993, and this 16-year drought has been their longest ever stint without a title.

That's down to two other teams, Deportivo Saprissa and Alajuelense, dominating the domestic game in recent years, although Herediano have been runners-up a few times in that time, most recently just last season. They play in the 8,000 capacity Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero, named after one of the founding fathers of the club, who was also one of their most decorated players. Their big claim to fame was in 1934 when they beat the Argintina national team 3-1.

Links: Official site (Spanish)

Written by: Ian Jack.